Belted Galloways and White Galloways are enjoying an upsurge in popularity all over Ireland, and in 2011 a meeting was hosted by the Castlemartin Stud in Co. Kildare. An enthusiastic group of breeders attended the event and it was clear that there was sufficient interest to form an Irish Belted Galloway Breeders Club.

The idea of forming a club came about when Des Dunne and fellow Belted Galloway enthusiast Dessie Henry hosted an information day for cattle breeders at Castlemartin Stud in October 2011. Over 60 suckler farmers gathered to hear from the Belted Galloway Cattle Society chairperson Liz Wilkinson. The day was a great success, helping to showcase the Belted Galloway breed to suckler producers, promote the advantages of the upland breed on marginal land and create an Irish Belted Galloway club.

Following on from that opening day the inaugural meeting of the Irish Belted Galloway Club took place in the Marriott Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath on Wednesday 25th January 2012.

The meeting was chaired by Dessy Henry and Des Dunne and following an open discussion it was agreed that the objectives of the club should be;

1)    Promotion of the breed
2)    Marketing of the breed
3)    A networking service for members
4)    To provide social events for members
5)    To uphold the integrity of the breed and the rules and constitution of the society.

Belted Galloway Club Ireland Committee

Chairman:
Gerard Walshe:
0861706371
skua@eircom.net

Secretary:
Colm O’Neill
07759937255
stigoneill@hotmail.com

PRO + Society Council:
John McHugh
0879707332
johngmchugh@hotmail.com

Society Council:
Dessy Henry
07785224776
dessy.henry11@gmail.com

Committee Members:
Des Dunne:
0872647594
dunne.dp123@gmail.com

Brian Moorhead:
07814425020
b.moorhead@btinternet.com

Brooke Huey:
07801630457
brookehuey1@gmail.com

Harry Irvine:
07749415969
harryuplifts@hotmail.co.uk

Eddie Leahy:
0879164877
mountplummer98@gmail.com

Clarissa Delamere:
0877909039
clarissa@delamere.net

Cathal McHugh:
0857603007
parklanefarms@hotmail.com

Belted Galloway Club Ireland e-mail address:
beltieclubireland@gmail.com

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